I post not in anger but sadness, I should not let my voice go uncounted.
Attached is my note to Daniel of earlier today, before his posting of
"an abrupt end to Debian Live". Debian Live which he said Debian should
have (as a Debian developer) in 2006 and went on to deliver, rather
nicely (with (and without) help).
----- Forwarded message from Ralph Amissah <email@example.com> -----
From: Ralph Amissah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Daniel Baumann
Subject: outrageous, thievery
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:28:44 -0500
User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.24 (2015-08-30)
Daniel, (already one of the more active Debian Developers then) I
remember you telling Debian at Debconf 2006, Mexico about how "we"
needed a live-maker within the project. I said then that I thought this
one of the most important projects within Debian (I was surprised that
there was not more interest and effort offered by others at the time,
though there was some, those so keen now did not seem to pay attention
then). Already then it was clear that it would one day be able to and
possibly be the preferred way to do a Debian install... as I said,
important. I saw how you contributed to Debian then, and I know how you
have contributed since. Instead of welcoming you and your work, there
seems to have been an effort to isolate you.
Well clearly others have seen the fruits of your labor as a threat and
with envy, and ripe for their plucking!
Outrageous! Disgusting. It is nasty. A bit strange to think that I
"know" some of those guys.
My interest in Debian proper, dropped with your earlier treatment, it
took away the desire to be a closer part of it. At least that took out
much of any idealized notion of the inner workings of it. And there have
been other moves since. I continue to be amazed by the politics of
groups within Debian. This though has the feel of blatant thievery.
Chals characterization of a dictatorial coup would seem to be most
It has no doubt to do with power (perhaps indirectly money is involved
as well), your work & work area being seen as strategically important.
They do it because they can, & justify it whatever which way they will.
I am sorry. I feel pretty bruised on your behalf.
We have not spoken in a long while. I hope we have the chance to talk in
P.S. We are ok, not much to report.
----- End forwarded message -----
[edits: addition of footnote, &; s/picking/plucking/]
Indeed I am a friend of Daniel and primarily a user of Debian (a minor
contributor of a package (sisu) that I wrote that I am happy to have in
Debian). In other circumstances I would consider myself at least an
admirer of individuals involved on the other side of this. Indeed I (use
use some of your software daily and) have met a number of you over the
years at a number of Debconfs and have fond memories for example of
visits to Cambridge when I lived in the U.K. and of being "introduced"
to Debian by Debian insiders.
Thanks to all who have stood up for Daniel, he is a wonderful, generous,
(and capable) person. And yes, I do think him "wronged" by "Debian".
There are others that know him pretty well, who have followed a fairly
long sequence of events who must be outraged as well.
Of course I wish Debian well, but I do not see your "handling" of Daniel
as its finest hour. This will no doubt "blow over" as it must ultimately
for the good of the project, but it sticks in my craw as it no doubt
does others, and there should be some record of conscientious objection.
 to be clear, "we" was Debian.